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The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate

We aim for our English curriculum to be progressive and challenging.  The overview below shows the main texts used by each year group and the main writing focus.  Within the year, additional units may be used to meet the needs and interests of the children, to respond to current events and to focus on key skills.

Nursery Text Overview

Our English Overview 2021-2022 Year 1-6

Spoken Language

Spoken language underpins the development of reading and writing.  We aim to provide a variety of quality language-rich experiences so that pupils develop their vocabulary.  This has a positive impact on children's ability to understand and comprehend whilst reading and improves writing. 


Children are given opportunities to explain their thinking, present their ideas and participate in drama activites to develop their spoken language skills.


Where children have particular issues with spoken language, specialist services may be involved to support them.


Our teaching of reading focuses on the two dimensions:

Word reading

Comprehension (Listening and reading)


To be a competent reader, both dimensions need to be taught via different kinds of teaching.  Skilled word reading involves children being able to develop a sight vocabulary of familiar words and the ability to decode unfamiliar words.  For more information, see our Phonics pages.


Comprehension involves using knowledge of language and grammar along with knowledge of the world/experiences to make sense of what we read.  For more information about how we teach reading, see our Reading pages.



Writing Key Skills

We believe that it is crucial to secure certain key skills to ensure that our children become fully literate.  Each year group works towards a wide and varied English curriculum but the Key Skills for each year group are our 'non-negotiable' standards.  These Key Skills are the 'stepping stones' to becoming fully literate and gaining a secure command of the English language.  We work alongside pupils to ensure that these skills are mastered and secure.


Our children benefit from opportunities to develop their writing in a range of contexts and for a range of purposes.  We strive to provide real reasons to write to engage our learners.  The children learn features of different text types/genres through their reading and text exploration.  They learn the effects of different vocabulary and are encouraged to use a wide range of vocabulary in their own writing.  Our curriculum is progressive and builds on the skills taught in previous years.


We aim to develop skills in:

  • Writing to entertain
  • Writing to persuade
  • Writing to inform
  • Writing to discuss